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Know Yourself to Know God

Self knowledge is so important that, even if you were raised right up to the heavens, I should like you never to relax your cultivation of it; so long as we are on this earth, nothing matters more to us than humility. (St. Teresa of Avila,Interior Castle)

In this episode, we continue our conversation about Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, with the topic of self-knowledge. We talk about how our emotions can come to help us know ourselves more and in turn, know God. When we pay attention to our emotions, we will be led to greater healing and better knowledge of our unique purpose and calling. We hope our conversation encourages you to reflect on the ways you can better come to know yourself to know God.

Reflection questions:

1. Are you living your own life? How do you cling to the false self? Is it by clinging to someone else’s expectations, listening to the wrong voices, or living with a mask on, never showing your true self?

2. What feelings have you been avoiding? What are you afraid of? How can feeling those feelings lead you to a better knowledge of God?

3. What is a tip (below) you can incorporate to better come to know yourself?

Tips for coming to know yourself better:

1. Pay Attention to Your Interior in Silence and Solitude

2. Find a Trusted Companion

3. Move Out of Your Comfort Zone

4. Pray for Courage

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Resources we Mention:

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero

The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin

Scriptures we Mention:

Put away the old self of your former way of life, corrupted through deceitful desires, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created in God’s way in righteousness and holiness of truth. (Ephesians 4:22-24)

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